Images: Bhupathi-Bopanna chest-thump their way to victory

 

Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna exult after their thrilling win over Leander Paes-Radek Stepanek at the ATP World Tour. The all-Indian pair have made it to the finals. Getty Images

 

The match tie-breaker was a tight affair with the two teams locked at 3-3 and then 8-8. Getty Images

 

Paes-Stepanek were on course for a close win but Bhupathi saved one match point with a backhand volley and at 9-9. Getty Images

 

Bhupathi and Bopanna, who are making their debut at the finale as a pair, now have a chance to create history as no Indian has won the year-end championship since Vijay Amritraj’s triumph in 1977. Getty Images

 

Paes had said that Shanghai final was like a grudge match after the Olympics selection drama when both Bhupathi and Bopanna had refused to pair with him. The celebrations from Bhupathi-Bopanna confirmed that. Getty Images

 

Until next time. The two pairs after the match. Getty Images


Published Date: Nov 12, 2012 10:16 am | Updated Date: Nov 12, 2012 10:43 am

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